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CP+ goes online-only as Covid-19 disrupts the Yokohama trade show for the second year in a row: Digital Photography Review

Japan’s Camera & Imaging Products Association has cancelled the physical element of its globally significant CP+ 2022 camera show with just two weeks to go before the doors of the Pacifico exhibition Centre in Yokohama, Japan, were due to open. Organizers cite the high number of Omicron infections and the fact that there is unlikely to be a drop in cases sufficient to make people feel safe before the show opens. As has been the case for the previous two years, the show will be held as an online-only event. It had been hoped that the show would have been able to take on a hybrid online and in-person format this year.

The show’s management says that it gives top priority to the safety and security of visitors, exhibition staff and all those involved with the event, and says too that a tight supply of antigen test kits isn’t helping the situation.

The CP+ show is considered especially important now in the absence of any other major international camera shows since both the PMA show and Photokina stopped running. Historically the show was more of a domestic Japanese affair but in recent years it has gained prominence abroad and has become an important launch pad for camera and lens makers from both inside and outside of Japan.

Non-Japanese can register for the online show here, while Japanese can register here.

Official statement:

CP+2022 Pacifico Yokohama venue event cancellation

The Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA: Chairman Shigeki Ishizuka), a CP that was scheduled to be held for four days from February 24th.+2022 Pacifico Yokohama Venue Event has been canceled and it has been decided to hold it online alone.

CP+2022 is an event to be held in the Corona disaster, with “safety and security of visitors and exhibitors” as the most important matter, and on the premise of taking thorough safety measures, we aimed to hold a hybrid between the Pacifico Yokohama venue and online. We have been preparing.

However, due to the rapid expansion of Omicron strains since the beginning of the year, the number of infected people and close contacts is increasing rapidly, and the supply of antigen test kits is tight, which is hindering safe event management. In addition, looking at the current infection situation, it is unlikely that the number of infected people will decrease significantly by the end of February, and it will be unlikely that the event will be held safely and securely. The psychological anxiety of the people is in a situation that cannot be wiped out.

As the organizer, I have always kept an eye on the corona infection situation and took all possible measures, but I give top priority to the safety and security of visitors, exhibitor staff, and all other people involved in the event. As a result, CP in this situation+We decided that 2022 should not be held in real time, so we decided to cancel the Pacifico Yokohama venue event and hold it online alone.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused to many customers who have been looking forward to the event at Pacifico Yokohama for the first time in three years, but we appreciate your understanding.

We also sincerely apologize for the announcement of the cancellation just before the event.

You can continue to enjoy online events with your registered ID and password.
We look forward to your participation in the online event.

We will be happy to hear your thoughts

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